UPDATE 2:30 p.m. The 4-H/FFA Livestock shows will be moved to the Delaware County Fair grounds. See schedule below.
UPDATE 1:40 p.m. June 26: The latest update from the Linn County Fair notes that events are still on for tonight (Wednesday) but grandstand and grounds events after today have been canceled, due to the projected flooding from the Wapsipinicon River.
Here is the latest from the fair:
Schedule Update- 4-H/FFA Livestock Shows Moved to Delaware County Fair Grounds
Below is the updated schedule of The Linn County Fair’s 4-H/FFA livestock shows that have now been moved to the Delaware County Fairgrounds due to projected flooding on the Linn County Fairgrounds.
· Dog— Thursday, June 27th- Check-in-9:30am, Show- 10:30am
· Misc. Animal and Cat— Thursday, June 27th (Cat show will be a carrier show) -Check-in- 10:00am, Show-10:30am – Cat Show followed by Misc. Show
·Sheep— Thursday/Friday, Check-in- Thursday 4:00-8:00pm, Show- Friday 4:00pm
· Goats— Friday, June 28th, Check-in 7:00-8:00am, Show-Dairy-9:30am, eat-1:00pm
· Cavy & Rabbits—Friday, June 28th (carrier show) – Cavy check-in-8:00-8:30am, Rabbit check-in-8:30-9:30am, Show- 10:00am
·Beef—Saturday, June 29th, Kiddie Kalf Show– 9:00am, Bucket Bottle – 10:00am (interviews will follow and winners will be announced during the beef show), Beef Check-in – 7:00-9:00am, Beef Show – 1:00pm
·Swine —Sunday, June 30th -Check-in- 7:00-10:00am, Show- 2:00pm,
·Poultry— Sunday, June 30th -Check-in- 7:00am-8:00am, Show- 9:00am
·Dairy Cattle— Sunday, June 30th -Check-in- 9:30am, Show- 9:00am
·Horse—Monday, July 1st -Check-in- 8:30-9:00am, Show- 9:30am
·Live Stock Auction— Monday, July 1st -Starts at 1:00pm
This morning’s update:
Unprecedented flooding predicted from the Wapsipinicon River in Central City will likely impact the Linn County Fair. River levels are expected to continue to rise as the fair kicks off today. This graphic from the National Weather Service shows the river cresting Friday at Anamosa’s Shaw Road, southeast of Central City, at 27 feet, far above the 19 feet considered major flooding and even surpassing the record flooding of 26.2 feet in June 2008.
The fair posted this announcement on its website: Due to the heavy rains last night the Wapsipinicon River, that sits to the east of the fairgrounds, is expect to flood. The Linn County Fair Association is currently taking precautions for the possible flooding of the lower level of the fair grounds. This includes removing all campers from the lower level of the grounds. We are asking that no one parks on the grounds today to allow us to remove campers.
Vendors that may be affected by the rising waters are also being moved to higher grounds.
The Linn County Fair will still kick-off today with the 4-H Static Judging starting at 8am in the Morton Building.
As of now the Fair Board Cookout, Opening Program and Barnyard Wars are still on, location may be moved from the grandstand to other designated location on the grounds.
For updated information stayed tuned to our Facebook page and website.
The flooding couldn’t be hitting at a worst time. The Linn County Fair marks a monumental milestone this year as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Had it not been for the flooding, the fair would have run Wednesday, June 26, through Monday, July 1, 2013, in Central City, Iowa.
Flooding in 2008 also caused a setback for the fair, but the predicted crest is even higher this time.
For more information, see www.thelinncountyfair.com